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Gay activist Trochez murdered in Honduras
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by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer nopic.jpg Honduran Gay human rights activist Walter Trochez was murdered in a drive-by shooting in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on December 13.

Trochez was an active member of the National Resistance Front opposing the government of Roberto Micheletti which was installed by a military coup on June 28. Trochez had previously been detained and beaten by government forces after participating in a demonstration against the coup.

Gay blogger Doug Ireland reports that Trochez "had been trailed for weeks before his murder by thugs believed to be members of the state security forces."

On December 14, Amnesty International called for "an independent investigation" of the murder. "Amnesty International fears that he may have been targeted because of his human rights work," they said.

"Walter Trochez told Amnesty International on Friday [December 11] that he had escaped a kidnapping attempt on 4 December after suffering several hours of beatings and threats by masked men. They had interrogated Walter Trochez about individuals opposed to the de facto authorities who seized power following the 28 June coup d'├ętat," the Amnesty International statement continued.

Trochez told Amnesty International that his kidnappers said, "even if you give us the information we're going to kill you, we have orders to kill you."

Trochez had been documenting the Micheletti regime's attacks on the Honduran LGBT community. In an open letter he released on November 16, Trochez listed nine LGBT Hondurans killed since the coup.

"[T]he LGBTT Rainbow Association, TTT Collective of San Pedro Sula and human-rights activists and defenders, publicly express their outrage that since June 29 this year, [and even] in the hours prior to the coup, there has been an increase in hate [crimes] and homophobic crimes promoted by the Honduran religious hierarchy in collusion with oppressive groups such as the Armed Forces, the National Security Secretariat, private enterprise, pro-life groups, and Opus Dei," Trochez's letter said.

Ironically, his letter ended with the words, "As a revolutionary I will be today, tomorrow and forever in the first ranks of my people, all the while knowing that I may lose my life."

Micheletti came to power after the Honduran military arrested democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya and sent him out of the country. The coup had the support of Honduran business interests and of local Roman Catholic authorities.

Zelaya continues to insist that he is the legal president of Honduras, and the Micheletti regime has not been recognized by any other government. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the coup and called for the restoration of constitutional government, but the US has been criticized for its hands-off approach.

Conservative businessman Porfirio Lobo Sosa was elected president of Honduras on November 27, but Zelaya and his supporters have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the election.

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